The very first Bridgestone tire was produced on April 9th, 1930, by the Japan “Tabi” socks Tire Division.
Approximately one year after first tire was built, on March 1st, 1931, the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, made the Japan “Tabi” socks Tire Division independent and established the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture.
The Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. focused on manufacturing tires based solely on Japanese technology. In the early days, the company experienced many challenges in the areas of technology, production and sales. The company quickly improved its quality and the business rapidly expanded both the domestically and overseas.